In a speech that he delivered on Thursday — the one-year anniversary of last January’s attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden directly went after the former president and his enablers for their attacks on democracy. Biden laid out the existential threats to the American political system that are represented by the destructive deception from Trump and others, and he also reiterated that there’s a place for individual Americans to stand up for the rule of law as the struggle for the future of the United States unfolds. The country doesn’t have to be given over to the people who would see it severely damaged for their own political gain.
Biden: Trump "and his supporters have never been able to explain how they accept as accurate the other election results that took place on November 3rd … Elections in which they closed the gap in the House. They challenged none of that … Somehow, those results are accurate."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2022
As Biden pointedly explained things:
‘This isn’t about being bogged down in the past. It’s about making sure the past isn’t buried. That’s the only way forward. That’s what great nations do. They don’t bury the truth; they face up to it. It sounds like hyperbole, but that’s the truth — they face up to it. We are a great nation… We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. And here’s the truth. The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest… and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution.’
“He’s a DEFEATED former president.” —Biden, w/o ever mentioning his name, forcefully calls out Trump as the one thing he fears the most: A loser.
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) January 6, 2022
Those lies inspired the riot. Elsewhere in his speech, Biden went over a selection of the specific truths that Trump and others have tried to gloss over or otherwise ignore, from the fact that the last presidential election was documented to be extremely secure to the fact that the storming of the Capitol last January was, in fact, a savage and devastating event. Police officers were attacked and left with serious injuries, and members of Congress — alongside other individuals, like their staff members and journalists — were seriously threatened. Biden added as follows:
‘So at this moment, we must decide: what kind of nation are we going to be? Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people? Are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but in the shadow of lies? We can not allow ourselves to be that kind of nation… I believe the power of the presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it. To lift us up, not tear us apart… This is not a land of kings, or dictators, or autocrats. We’re a nation of laws. Of order, not chaos. Of peace, not violence. Here in America, the people rule through the ballot, and their will prevails.’
Check out Biden’s remarks below: